Higher Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering

Provided by Coleman College

Course introduction


The Higher Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering is to provide significant knowledge and training to students who may be deployed in any engineering field that demands the use of both mechanical and electrical expertise. The skills can be useful in areas of design, improvement and maintenance of machine or mechanisms that involves mechanical and electrical components.

These skills can also be useful in new challenging areas for innovative engineering. Combined knowledge in both the mechanical and electrical engineering fields is also important for other extended and multi-disciplinary work in engineering such as, hybrid petrol/electric vehicles, robotic systems, mechatronics and sustainable technology.

The program includes extension of knowledge into areas of robotics, nano-technology, material & energy management and green engineering designs & application. These additional knowledges together with mechanical and electrical studies would certainly equip students to explore and apply knowledge beyond normal engineering practices. Students will open to a vast scope of ideas, design and solution provision in engineering.

Graduation and Degree
Students who pass all required assessments and assignments will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering awarded by Coleman College. Graduate who wish to further their studies in this field may apply for a relevant programme/course offered by other institutions or universities. Admission is subjected to these institutions or universities’ entry requirements at the point of application.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Higher Diploma in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering is to provide significant knowledge and training to students who may be deployed in any engineering field that demands the use of both mechanical and electrical expertise. The skills can be useful in areas of design, improvement and maintenance of machine or mechanisms that involves mechanical and electrical components.

Area of Studies

The course consists of 12 modules:
  1. Introduction to Electrical Principles
  2. Introduction to Mechanical Principles
  3. Introduction to Electronic Principles
  4. Workplace Safety and Health Practice
  5. Green Engineering Design and Application
  6. Heat Transfer and Combustion
  7. Applied Mechanics
  8. Analog and Digital Circuits Design
  9. Robotics Technology
  10. Nano Technology
  11. Material and Energy Management
  12. Professional Practice Project 
Module Synopsis
Introduction to Electrical Principles
This module provides an introduction to fundamentals of electrical principles used in a range of work environment and provides the basis for further study of more specialist areas of electrical, mechanical and electronic engineering.
Module abstract
Circuits and their characteristics are fundamental to any study of electrical and electronic engineering and therefore a good understanding is important to any engineer. This unit draws together a logical appreciation of the topic and offers a structured approach to the development of the broad learning required at this level.
Learners will begin by investigating circuit theory and the related theorems to develop solutions to electrical networks. The concept of an attenuator is introduced by considering a symmetrical two-port network and its characteristics. The design and testing of both T and n networks is also covered.
Students will also be taught waveforms and Fourier analysis and how it is used. The use of Laplace transforms together with evaluation of circuit responses will be covered.
Introduction to Mechanical Principles
This module aims to develop learners’ understanding of mechanical principles that reinforces the design and operation of mechanical engineering systems.
Module abstract
This module will primarily covers the concepts in mechanics. This module will continues to conceptualize on volumetric strain and the relationship between elastic constants. With these concepts, students will be able to further appreciate dimensional changes in loaded cylinders.
The module will builds upon learners’ prior knowledge on the distribution of shear force and bending moment in loaded beams which includes the relationship between bending moment, slope and deflection.
Learners will analyze the use of mechanical power transmission systems. Learners’ knowledge of rotating system elements is further extended through an investigation of the dynamic characteristics of the slider crank and four-bar linkage. The balancing of rotating systems is also investigated, together with the determination of fly wheel mass and size to give sufficiently smooth operating conditions.
Fluid Dynamics
The aim of this module is for learners to gain the knowledge on principles of fluid mechanics and techniques applied to evaluate the performance of fluid movement for engineering designs.
Module abstract
This module introduces fluid mechanics to learners who can gain knowledge on mechanics related to flow of fluids. Learners will learn the mathematical presentations, principles and concepts in fluid dynamics. This includes the introduction and familiarisation of tensors and elements of tensor algebra. Students will learn to apply equations to the modelling and solutions to fluid mechanics. Analyse liquid flow using a mathematical approach.
Workplace Safety and Health Practice
This module enables learners to appreciate health, safety and welfare legislation and policies which are put into practice to monitor the effectiveness on health and safety in the built environment. Learners will draft risk assessments to counter health and safety issues in the built environment.
Module abstract
On completion of this module, learners will understand the current health, safety and welfare legislation applicable to the construction and built environment sector. Learners will understand the main requirements of an effective health and safety policy and its successful implementation in the workplace.
Learners will be able to identify the hazards around the work place and assess the potential risks involved and implement the most appropriate control measures to prevent or mitigate ill health and injuries on site.
Learners will learn to appreciate the need to review, revise and monitor risk assessments.
Green Engineering Design and Application
This module provides learners with knowledge on engineering design and application for low energy building management system, use of clean and reusable energy, applications on motor driven mechanism such as electric vehicles and other transportations.
Module abstract
Green engineering is value added engineering that considers low energy consumption, recycling and reuse of material resources, processes and sustainability to reduce pollution. Different types of energy resources, their optimal use and innovative substitutes will be considered. The design and application of green engineering will be studied for areas of building management, motor driven machineries and industrial applications. The module gives an understanding on environmentally friendly and efficient mobility and how to provide solutions in future requirements. Students will also learn about uses of environmentally friendly, easily biodegradable fuels and sustainably generated pollutant tested materials. The module will deals with creative ways to handle future energy needs.
Professions in Context
This module provides learners with a prospect to develop the skills needed to devise and implement a project scope, scheme of work, critically analyse and present the project.
Module abstract
This module will develop learners’ skills in terms of identifying a realistic problem and the ability to propose a solution to work collectively as a team. This module also facilitates the application of knowledge, understanding and skills developed in other modules to be applied to this project.
This module is designed to bring the learners together into teams so that they can coordinate their individual skills and abilities. The scheme of work should give individual learners an opportunity to take responsibility for their contributions forward the outcome and exhibit their ability to work as a team.
Learners will also develop skills to carry out evaluations of their group project and the ability to present solutions.
Heat Transfer and Combustion
This module will develop learners’ understanding of heat transfer principles and realistic relationships enabling them to solve practical problems involving heat transfer, combustion and the specification of practical engineering equipment.
Module abstract
This module will build learners’ knowledge on the theory and associated formulas for heat transfer by conduction, convection and radiation. Learners will analyse the materials used for lagging and their economic effects.
Learners will then study the applications of dimensional analysis, more detailed treatment of heat transfer mechanisms and the determination of heat transfer coefficients. The module goes on to look at the specification and performance of heat transfer equipment and learners are then introduced to the chemistry of the combustion process and analysis of the products of combustion.
Applied Mechanics
Introduce students to the fundamentals of mechanics of bodies and systems and also provides them with the basic tools for analysing the static and dynamic behaviours of bodies and systems encountered throughout the course. It also teaches the basic concepts of strength of materials to assess the stress and strain on structural and engineering components.
Module abstract
This is a follow-on module of Engineering Mechanics. It will equips students with the necessary skills to analyse problems of rigid bodies at rest and in motion. Topics include trusses, friction, centroid, relative motion, work energy method, power and efficiency & Impulse momentum method. This knowledge plays an important role in many diverse engineering applications of the modern world, such as the design of cars, structures, airplanes, and various types of machines. Students will be guided to solve engineering problems using these mechanics principles.
Robotics Technology
This module will develop learners’ understanding on the operation and control of industrial robots and knowledge/skills needed to work safely with programmed robots.
Module abstract
This module will give learners an understanding of the principles and operation of industrial robots used in modern manufacturing. The module covers robot control systems, the different types of sensors used and their application within an industrial robot. Learners will gain an understanding of the programming methods used and will be required to produce a working program for an industrial robot or robot work cell. The module will also give learners an understanding of the health, safety and maintenance requirements associated with modern industrial robots.
Computer Aided Design and Analysis
Aims to give learners a general background and insights into building construction stages, steps and information flow in Civil Engineering building and structure modelling and to equip students with fundamental CAD and BIM (Building Information Modelling) skills.
Module abstract
It attempts to use computer hands-on practical session and project-based learning to achieve these goals. Students will learn visualization skill, latest CAD and BIM technologies, and will be facilitated with learning environment that encourages independent learning. Students will apply these knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to develop a virtual construction simulation model of 3D building and civil engineering structure.
Material and Energy Management
The aim of this module is to develop the knowledge of the learners on the fundamentals in the molecular structure formation, processing and manufacturing of the various materials for industrial use. It also provides learners the knowledge of various levels of Energy Audit, perform energy performance analysis, prepare and provide recommendation and audit report.
Module abstract
Learners will be taught on the basics of chemical bonds and the molecular structures that determine the mechanical and electrical properties of materials. The module focuses on the use of phase diagrams, heat treatment and cooling processes to achieve the desired material properties. It will also include the moulding, casting and shaping of materials. Knowledge will also be expanded on the latest materials that are used for energy saving, increasing safety standards and increasing cost effectiveness for engineering. The learner will be introduced to the Energy Market within Singapore and the basic concepts of Energy Management System (ISO 50001 EnMS). The fundamental knowledge to carry out Energy Economic analysis and cost prediction for energy saving assessment and application of Measurement and Verifications (M&V) will be shared through various case studies &/or application examples. Comprehensive lists of energy efficiency measures derived from building and facility performance will be discussed, including financial analysis. The learner will be able to appreciate the different types of energy audits that are practiced in the industry and make a comparison between international and local energy auditing tools and guidelines.
Professional Practice Project
To develop learners’ skills of independent enquiry and critical analysis by undertaking a continued research investigation of direct relevance to their Higher Education programme and professional development.
Module abstract
This module is designed to enable learners to gain confidence in using research techniques and methods. It addresses the elements that make up formal research including the proposal, a variety of research methodologies, action planning, carrying out the research and presenting the findings.
Learners must understand the theory that underpins formal research. The research itself will depend on learners, the context of their area of learning, their focus of interest and the anticipated outcomes. This module draws together a range of other information and knowledge of content from within the programme of study to form a piece of holistic research work that will make a positive contribution to the learner’s area of interest. Learners will be able to develop skills such as independent learning and drawing conclusion from their works.

Entry Requirements

Age Minimum 21 years and above.
Academic Qualification ‘A’ Level 3 subjects passes, English plus any other subjects OR; a related Diploma from local Polytechnic OR; other CPE registered PEI OR; equivalent (Diplomas from other countries)


Student must be at least 23 years old, with other Diploma qualification and with at least 3 years working experience in relevant field. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be done to assess if the student has met the
required skills to be admitted onto the Higher Diplomas


Matured students of 30 years of age with at least 8 years of working experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Language Proficiency IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Duration & Intake

Programme Duration

Part-time 24 months
Full-time 20 months
Maximum allowed period for the student to complete the course is 48 months.

Intake every 2 months

Fees & Funding

Course Fee


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Payment Mode

  • Installment plan available (For those Part Time students)
* All payments excluding GST

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